Croydon is a town in South London which is situates approximately 9.5 miles from the centre of town. It is located on the natural corridor between London and the South Coast, just to the north of the two gaps in the North Downs, one followed by the route of the A23 Brighton Road and the other followed by the A22 from Purley to the M25 Godstone interchange.

Croydon was historically part of Surrey and it expanded as a market town in the Middle Ages. By the early 19th century with the advent of the Surry Iron Railway it slowly became a commuter town and by the 20th century it had become an important industrial area known for car manufacture, metal working and airport. All this changed by the 1950’s when the retail and service economy replaced these sectors and this gave rise to massive office blocks and the Whitgift Centre including the amalgamation of the town into Greater London in 1965. The main shopping area was pedestrianized in the 1980’s, the Whitgift Centre was modernised.

The town offers excellent transport links: the A23 bypasses the centre of town and follows Purley Way and the Brighton Road links Croydon to Brighton. There are a variety of buses linking other areas such as Bromley, Lewisham, Streatham, Brixton and Heathrow Airport.

Croydon offers excellent transport links linking Central London and the north to the coast serving many towns such as Brighton, Hastings, Eastbourne, Littlehampton, Portsmouth, Bedford, Luton and Gatwick Airport. The town is well served by the Tramlink which was opened in 2000, a network consisting of 3 lines running from Elmers End and Beckenham Junction to West Croydon and New Addington to Wimbledon, with all 3lines running via the Croydon loop. The tram serves many areas in between and there have been talks of possible expansions.

The town offers excellent educational opportunities with Croydon College having its main site near East Croydon Station. The college is now part of the University of Sussex. There are other colleges which have been created such as the Croydon Sixth Form College, Croydon higher Education College and Croydon Skills and Enterprise College . The Higher Education College offers opportunities for university level education from subjects ranging from Law to Fine Art. There are a lot of good primary schools to choose from as well. Following government legislation, languages have now been introduced as part of the National Curriculum in many of Croydon’s schools.

The town has always been famous for the arts. The famous Fairfield Halls have hosted a variety of concerts and theatrical productions since their opening in 1963. The centre boasts bars and restaurants, a modern cinema, major retail stores offering shopping which is second to none. Croydon is also famous for its nightlife with many nightclubs in the area. In addition one can also find many restaurants, pubs and bars away from the town centre in areas such as South Croydon and Purley.

Croydon offers many open spaces and is full of parks and open areas and one can feel that they live in the country with the South Coast under an hour away but at the same time are very close to London.

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